Employers are required to provide a safe workplace under Ohio law. To achieve a safe workplace, Ohio employers are required to adhere to all safety requirements imposed by the state. When employers fail to adhere to state safety regulations designed to help keep their workers safe and a worker is harmed, they may be liable for an Employer Violation of Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR).
By claiming an employer violation of specific safety requirement, injured workers may be able to claim an additional 15 to 50 percent of the maximum weekly compensation amount allowed under Ohio’s workers’ compensation system. This is in addition to their regular workers’ compensation benefits that can help them with their medical expenses, lost wages and other concerns, depending on the circumstances.
The requirements to claim an employer violation of specific safety requirement include: that the employer violated a specific safety regulation; that the safety regulation that was violated directly impacted the employee’s role at their workplace; and that the workplace safety violation made by the employer caused the injured worker’s injury or illness. When an employee has had their health and safety placed in jeopardy by an employer, it is important that they and their family have access to the resources they need. VSSR benefits may also be available in circumstances of a fatal workplace accident.
It is essential for injured workers and their families to understand how to apply for an employer violation of specific safety requirement, the timelines associated with the application and the overall process. It is also important for injured workers and their families to know what to do if their claim is rejected so they can recover all the benefits they can receive and that they need.